Brazil is a country of passionate people who really know how to party. Their boundless energy may leave you groggy in the morning, but you're certain to have plenty of options that will keep you out at night. Be sure to seek out as many live music venues as possible to get a feel for the country's wonderful and innovative beat.
The best time I had in Rio during Carnaval was cruising the strip meeting people and checking out the vendors. You can't go fifty yards without walking into a party with speakers piled up and people dancing in the streets spraying silly string everywhere.
You could up and put some music on and within minutes have a crowd of people dancing.
The people are incredibly friendly...most of them are trying to sell something but they also seem to have great pride in thier happiness.
Help was just like everything else in Brazil...Wild!
A lot of tourists go there because it's right on the main drag.
The night started out with a local band playing brazillian music and they were actually really good...got the energy going.
Then the DJ came on and played everything from Trance to top 40's to Hip-Hop.
In the beginning the place was packed with a bunch of tourist looking to get laid so the vibe was kinda weak but the later it got the more of those people left and the real party animals got into the groove.
There were some incredible looking girls there, most of them were working but they were still cool to party with. And they all love
Dress Code: Very casual...matter of fact ther were a few girls that wore nothing but a boa and body paint!!
On this site, you will find out what is going on in the area you are visiting (parties, discos, etc), please click on:
- FESTAS, to choose the area and places according to your music taste.
- REGIAO: choose the area you plan to land. OPTIONS: EXTERIOR (Abroad), INTERIOR SP(São Paulo countryside), LITORAL SP (São Paulo coast = beaches), MG/ES (States of Minas Gerais/Espírito Santo), NORDESTE(Northeast of Brazil), NORTE/ C. OESTE(North/ Central West), PR/ SC / RS (States of Paraná/ Santa Catarina/ Rio Grande do Sul, all of them in the South of Brazil), RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO.
- GENERO: your music taste or event (Carnaval, New Year's Day, etc)
- PRICE (in local currency): choose how much money you want to spend. NA FAIXA means free.
- AGE RANGE: if age is an important matter for you...
- CHOOSE DATE FROM THE ABOVE CALENDAR.
Dress Code: It will depend...but of course, if the club entrance is more than R$ 20, NO SNEAKERS, OVERALLS, FOOTBALL JERSEY. Some places might not even let you in if you are wearing a pair of jeans, so try to contact the place before going.
The Lundu or Lundum was brought to Brazil
by Bantu slaves from Angola.
Still danced in Marajo Island,in the Amazon delta,the Lundun is very sensual,voluptous-rather lascivious really-couple's dance.
It was highly popular in Brazil in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century.
It was later replaced by the Maxixe(which was also considered scandalous..)and the Samba.
As famous as Samba,the word Lambada refers both to the rhythm-a fuse of Carimbo and Merengue-and to the dance,which incorporates elements of Forro,Samba,Merengue and Maxixe(the 19th century Brazilian dance which had a tremendous success in Europe).
The dance is sexy,yes,but it's danced by all kinds of people,of all ages and sexes,without the "dirty" connotations given to it by very bad Hollywood movies :-((
It's very graceful,fast paced,and believe me,when you have to move your feet and body
that fast on the dance floor,the LAST thing on
one's mind is sex!!
Anyway,the rhythm originates in the Amazons,was later adopted by Bahians,who proceeded to create the steps..and the rest is history!
One of the most enjoyable nights I've spent in the city of Recife was when we learned to dance the Ciranda,in front of the little white church in Boa Viagem beach!
It was sunday after the evening mass,and the weather couldn't have been better!
There was a small band made up of brass and drums,and a male singer.
People of all ages held hands and formed a large circle.The steps were very simple and the rhythm was slow and sort of hipnotic,going round and round.
The music rhythms changes periodically,as a cue for the circle to change direction.
In a ciranda people can come in and leave as they please,and the dance go on all night long,with people eating and drinking BATIDAS
made by CACHACA and tropical fruits juices.
Children falle asleep on their parents or grandparents laps.
After this occasion,I falled in love by this song,and found a very good CD by Nei Matogrosso(a pop-star here),with a great recording of Pernambuco's cirandas he did with the group "Aquarela Carioca".
Carimbo:it's a large drum of African origin.
It's made of a hollow tree-trunk section-about 1mt. tall and 30cm. wide,covered on one end
by a deer skin.
The Carimbo gives it name to a folkloric dance of the state of Para in the Brazilian
Amazon,in the area of Marajo Island and the capital city of Belem.
It's a circle dance accompanied by heavy percussion and occasionally by string instruments.
At a certain moment in the dance,the woman throw a handkerchief to the floor and her partner has to pick it up using only his mouth!
Some examples of what you can dance here!
Let me intoduce you to some tipical dances telling you a little bit about..
BUMBA-MEU-BOI:this is a very popular and widespread comic-dramatic dance,which tells the story of death and ressurection of an ox.It started in the end of the 18th century in the coastal sugar plantations and cattle ranches of Norheastern Brazil,and from there it spread to the North and South.
Its name comes from the verb "bumbar",meaning to beat up or against,and the expression is chanted by the crowd as in invitation for the ox(the men under the ox costume) to charge against them.It is a parade of human and animal characters,and fantastic creatures from Brazilian indian mythology,such as the "caipora",to the sounds of the music and singing.It takes place during the Christmas season in certain states,and in June in the states of Maranhao and Amazonas-during the "festas juninas",dedicated to St. John and St. Peter.There are ususally a group of singers and the "chamador" or caller,who introduce the characters with diferent songs.
The instruments used are the acustic guittar,the Brazilian tambourine("tamborim") and accordion.It appears in Northern Brazil as "Bumba-Boi",and in the island of Santa Catarina,Southern Brazil,as "Boi-de mamao"(mamao is the Brazilian word for Papaya,it's believed that originally a green papaya was used as the ox head).
In the city of Parintins,in Amazonas,there's a "Bumbodromo",the North answer for Rio's Sambodromo.It becomes a great destination for tourists in the Amazon region.
In the state of Maranhao,you can find the "matraca",a percussion instrument made of 2 pieces of wood that you carry on your hands and hit against each other-some matracas are very large and are carried around the neck.
At the fabulous "Casa Do Maranhao" museum,in Sao Luis,numerous installations depict the diferent phases of this dance,the instruments and costumes!
HELP Disco - Rio de Janeiro
This is the busiest spot on Copacabana Beach for singles to meet, mingle, and dance until the wee hours.
Dress Code: Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves, except during Carnaval.
My faverite bar is called Severyna
start arround 10PM
Must go there Every Tuesday to eat and dring, listening to real samba, Its hot
The music is amazing, people are kind and like to talk to everybody, even if you are foreigners.
Don't go there if you want a calm night
Dress Code: Young
GENERAL TIPS ON BRAZILIAN NIGHTLIFE
The bill arrives and then you see a lot of names and terms you never heard before. What are you paying for? Why does this strange name cost more than everything you ate all together? Let the fairy martinelli help you through this world of greed and expense...
If you go to Campinas, stop by DELTA BLUES BAR for the best blues bar in the state. Another good Campinas' bar is BARRIL DO PIRATA.
DELTA and BARRIL has bands performing from wed to sunday, usually.
Dress Code: DO NOT OVER-DRESS! other than that, everything is fair game.
Nightlife in Brazil is really something. In Rio there were many places to hang out in. I bet fashion changes, so the places that were good when I was there, are not the same places that are good now (so I won't recommend anything specific). If you leave with a family - yo can ask them. You can also ask other travelers you see on the street, where they are going out. In many cases, you will get good recommendations.
One this I can suggest - in Copacabana there is a wonderful market near the shore. There are lots of arts&crafts to buy, presents etc. It's fun to hang around there at night (about 22:00-24:00). But beware, don't walk alone on the shore, where there aren't many people. See 'Warnings and Dangers'.
Dress Code: Dress code is minimalistic. The less the better. It's hot anyway, and the Brazilian girls are not afraid to show their bodies. So if you want to feel like one of them - you can dress the same (if you can...).
For boys - I didn't see any specific dressing code: jean, pants, shorts - I've seen them all. So go and have fun!
Bùzios. Excellent place where to go for having fun. In Rua das Pedras there are many bars, pubs and restaurants that offer you what you are looking for. This street is near the sea and the beach, and when you are tired or drunk you can go on the there to refresh you and to breath fresh air coming from the ocean.
In Salvador da Bahia go to Pelourinho. It' s a part of the city, on top of the hill. You have to take the Elevador (elevator) to go up the hill in the centre of the ancient town, called Pelourinho.
There are no specific qualities: it' s just Brazil!
Dress Code: Dress as you like. But please wear a coloured top: it' s very common there. You' ll certainly notice that after some days of stay.
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